John7-37bOn the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart. John 7:37-38During the dog-days of summer, nothing is more satisfying that a tall glass of iced water waiting within reach.  When I think of the Children of Israel traversing the wilderness suffering from thirst, I can imagine how tremendous their thirst became.  They demanded water to ease their thirst and Moses hit a rock.  Whenever I see a rock in a stream of water, I remember Moses.  Why use a rock for providing water?I Samuel 2:2 – No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.  The Living God uses his creations to paint word pictures constantly in His Word to remind us of Who He is and how He loves us.The ‘either-or’ of choosing God is simple.  Do we want to drink at fountain of living water or become buried in the water-less dust of the earth.  Water is life-giving.  Is it any wonder that God created our body of up to 60% water? Just as our physical body needs more than two liters of water to replace water lost in the body, our spiritual souls need living water to sustain life.*  O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.  Psalm 63:1*  God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.  Matthew 5:6May we hunger and thirst and search for God.  May we never rest for earthly water, but search always for the fountain of living water….  As we slake our physical thirst, may we drink deeply of the Word of God.But we worship at your throne—eternal, high, and glorious!
O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced.
They will be buried in the dust of the earth, for they have abandoned the Lord, the fountain of living water. Jeremiah 17:12-13